Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (Oct. 3 2017)
Synopsis: It’s been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that’s about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they’ve experienced in years. And Bart’s safe return isn’t the family’s only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she’s finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn’t be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly. A celebration of everything we love–and some of the things we endure–about the holidays, WINTER SOLSTICE is Elin Hilderbrand at her festive best.
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Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand is an easy and relaxing holiday read – a great book to read by the fire on a snowy night. I find Hilderbrand’s books are always easy to get into and WINTER SOLSTICE is no different – however, while I find them easy to get into, I also find them easy to forget about at the end.
The Quinn family was an enjoyable family with many interesting characters – I actually found that it was the family themselves that brought this story to life for me. They were so real. While their “real-ness” sometimes made the story predictable, they kept the book reading as if someone retelling about their holiday trip back home.
Now for the setting: this one I have to single out specifically because I am a sucker for settings. If a book is in a good enough setting that can come to life in my head, then you are a good ways towards making me love your book – I loved this town and the “feel” of it. I haven’t read any other of the books in the Winter Street Series so I am not sure if the setting was repetition in the setting description, but as a first time reader, I really enjoyed the setting of this book and felt that Hilderbrand did a great job of making it come alive in the readers mind.
While the characters and the setting were amazing, the plot itself felt sometimes slow and at other times rushed – especially at the end. I almost felt as if I didn’t have enough closure – however, I still liked the ending. This was not my favourite book of all time – nor will it be one that I remember for months or years to come, but it was enjoyable and especially good to read over the holidays!
* I received this book from HBG Canada in exchange for an honest review*